At our general dentistry in Sandy, Oregon, our team at Sandy Family Dentistry strives to provide everyone of our patients with the best oral health care possible. In recent years, a growing number of studies have started to find compelling links between our oral health and overall health. Researchers have found that individuals suffering from poor oral health have a significantly higher risk of developing a range of chronic health conditions that include heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia, and cancer. While these studies have yet to find conclusive evidence that directly links oral health problems like gum disease, tooth decay, cavities, and tooth loss with these and other chronic health conditions, the evidence is too strong to simply ignore.
To enjoy a healthy, great looking smile now and in the future, it’s important that patients practicing quality oral hygiene at home that includes:
- Brushing twice a day. Brushing works to remove plaque and food particles that linger in the mouth after eating from the surface of your teeth and along the gum line. The American Dental Association recommends brushing at least twice a day for two minutes each time, once in the morning and again before bed. Regularly brushing twice a day will significantly lower your risk of gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss.
- Floss daily. Flossing helps to remove plaque and food particles from areas of your mouth a toothbrush cannot reach – between your teeth and below the gum line. Despite what you may have heard in the news, flossing still plays a vital role in protecting your oral health from disease and decay. In fact, the most common place for cavities to develop is actually between teeth because these areas of the mouth don’t receive the same attention as what can be easily brushed. The ADA recommends flossing at least once a day, preferably before brushing at night.
- Rinsing with a mouthwash. Rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash after brushing helps to eliminate any bacteria from the mouth you may have missed while brushing and flossing. Just think of using a mouthwash as an extra added level of protection against the harmful impact of dental disease.
While practicing these daily hygiene habits will greatly improve your oral and overall health, enjoying a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums also requires scheduling regular dental exams at our general dentistry in Sandy, Oregon.
Dental Exams & Cleanings
Regular dental exams provides our team of Sandy family dentists with the opportunity to assess the current state of your oral health. Spotting the early signs of dental decay and disease greatly improves your chances of a full recovery, while also protecting your long-term oral health. Frequent dental cleanings provide our team of gentle dental hygienists with the opportunity to remove plaque buildup from the surface of your teeth before the bacteria hardens into tartar, a yellowish substance that discolors your teeth and contributes to the development of gum disease.
While our team at Sandy Family Dentistry recommends that patients visit our office once every six months, the current state of your oral health may require scheduling more regular exams and cleanings. Patients suffering from gum disease or an existing medical condition like diabetes may need to schedule more frequent exams as needed.
Dental sealants effectively help to seal away the most vulnerable areas a child’s mouth. For younger children who don’t possess the attention to detail or manual dexterity required to properly brush the hard to reach areas of their mouths, such as the back molars, dental sealants offer a great option for protecting their long-term oral health.
A thin plastic resin, dental sealants “seal” away the surface of the teeth needing protecting from the effects of tooth decay. Dental sealants are safe for both children and adults, and require only a few minutes to apply. Dental sealants are incredibly durable and can last for years before a reapplication is needed.